Send your old, broken gadgets to MCMC e-waste centres

CYBERJAYA, Nov 11: The public can send their old or broken gadgets to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) e-waste collection centres so that they can be recycled or disposed of through the proper process, says Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Teo Nie Ching.

With an estimated 364 million e-waste produced annually in this country, Teo said the Ministry of Communications and Digital (KKD), through MCMC, encourages green initiatives through the Kitar programme, which collects and recycles old gadgets to achieve the goal of reducing the carbon footprint.

“Don’t just throw them into the trash bin because there is a way for us to recycle,” she told reporters after officiating the Carbon Footprint En Route to Nature programme here today.

“Each e-waste sent to MCMC, for example, will be sent to a specialist contractor. We make sure that the material has elements that will be extracted if it can be reused or disposed of through a set procedure, to reduce e-waste in this country.

Teo said the amount of e-waste will continue to increase considering that everyone has at least two gadgets such as a laptop and a mobile phone.

Meanwhile, today’s programme, organised by MCMC, in conjunction with the commission’s 25th anniversary, aims to regulate and reduce the carbon footprint and minimise environmental impact, with a focus on climate change through tree planting.

Teo said that more than 300 trees were planted by MCMC personnel during the programme.